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WorleyParsons partnership sees volunteers working overseas without leaving home

International and virtual volunteering will combine to support disaster recovery in Asia and the Pacific, through an innovative collaboration between Australian Red Cross and global project delivery and advisory consultancy WorleyParsons.

Monday April 27, 2015

Volunteer in the Philippines
Surveying the damage caused by Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines. Photo courtesy Michael Arman.

The partnership will focus on the Australian Volunteers for International Development program, an Australian Government initiative that sends volunteers overseas. Red Cross is a delivery partner in the program.  

Starting early in the 2015/2016  financial year, two WorleyParsons staff members will volunteer for six months with Red Cross partner organisations in the Philippines. Within their assignments, they will project manage requests for technical support - such as planning, mapping, analysis and reporting - and send these to up to 50 virtual WorleyParsons volunteers, who will work on these tasks from their home-offices.

Robbi Chaplin, Manager of International Volunteers at Australian Red Cross, believes the partnership opens new doors for corporate volunteering.  

"We've already seen that collaboration between international and local volunteers can lead to better outcomes for our local development partners. It's incredibly exciting to add virtual volunteers to the mix, and an organisation with the cross-industry expertise of WorleyParsons is an ideal partner to pilot this approach."  

Marni Oaten, Corporate Responsibility Director at WorleyParsons, says that the partnership is a strong strategic fit.  

"This collaboration with Red Cross is the first of its kind: demonstrating corporate responsibility, commitment to our communities and supporting the people of WorleyParsons in their passion to volunteer their valuable skills."  

Ms Chaplin says: "This is a great value-add for our humanitarian partners. Not only will they get support from volunteers on the ground; they can also draw on the expertise of WorleyParsons staff as needed and across a broad range of disciplines."  

As a National Community Partner, the WorleyParsons Foundation is also supporting Australian Red Cross' ongoing disaster relief and recovery work.  

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